Tibco adds Eclipse, ESB to SOA platform

New to the platform is ActiveMatrix Service Bus, for on-ramping services and implementing content or context-based routing.

Tibco Software is shipping its ActiveMatrix 2.0 platform Monday for managing SOA, featuring an Eclipse-based development environment and an enterprise service bus.

The platform offers expanded capabilities for integration, composite application development, and governance, Tibco said. Users can build and manage SOA applications, supporting technologies such as Java, .Net, and service mediation. Applications can be built that combine services developed with disparate technologies and manage them via a single infrastructure, Tibco said.

"This is a comprehensive platform for companies wanting to roll out enterprise-scale and enterprise-grade SOA," said Matt Quinn, vice president of product management and strategy at Tibco.

The platform features several components, including ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks, for integration, and ActiveMatrix Service Grid, for assembling services. New to the platform is ActiveMatrix Service Bus, for on-ramping services and implementing content or context-based routing.

A common environment based on the Eclipse platform is provided for business analysts, architects, and developers for development and management.

ActiveMatrix covers a spectrum of capabilities ranging from service virtualization, with developers able to build services in a tool of their choice, to governance and integration. With ActiveMatrix 2.0, Tibco seeks to help users manage large-scale SOA rollouts with a single platform. Much of the technical coding involved in service creation and deployment is replaced with configuration.

Governance and management capabilities enable administrators to deploy applications and apply policies from a single console.

Also featured is expanded support of the Service Component Architecture (SCA) specification to improve interoperability in deploying SOA.

In version 2.0, BusinessWorks is available in a standalone mode or as a container hosted in the ActiveMatrix infrastructure. An integrated service view in version 2.0 delivers a view of service performance and dependencies.

Products in ActiveMatrix can be purchased separately or as part of three packages, with these being Tibco's SOA Starter Bundle, for small projects; Integration Bundle, for integration projects, and Composite Application Bundle, for delivering new applications assembled from services.

ActiveMatrix 2.0 is available now, with licensing based on a per-CPU format.

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